* Poor Goldblum. I'm not positive, but I think his character's name was "Comic Relief." His character was thinner than a strand of hair. He pops in ever 25 minutes for 90 seconds of screen time in which he bags on Bateman and doles out gems such as "Oooohhh...that's...not advisable." Somehow, despite the overwhelming unfunniness of his lines, The Patented Goldblum Delivery seems to make every line reading go over a bit better than it should.
* Then again, Goldblum has a plum role compared to Juliette Lewis' - I'm no fan of her anyway, but her plum role was not only similarly thin (the wacky BFF!) but annoying as hell. Props, however, to whomever decided that it was a good idea to cast both Aniston and Lewis (former exes of Brad Pitt and examples from a post here a couple weeks ago), in a movie about artificial insemination and a woman who can't find a good man, no less.
* Daniel over at Getafilm has a recurring series on his site about things that happen only in the movies, i.e. why does everyone still have an answering machine? Here's another to add to that list:
Early on in The Switch, Bateman and Aniston step outside the party they're attending to have a private chat on a balcony. They're bickering/bantering, and before you know it, unexpectedly, Aniston pulls a cigarette out of her purse and puts it in her mouth. Since the rules of Rom-Com bantering state that this must happen (apparently), Bateman, mid-snark, snatches the cancer stick from her mouth and tosses it off the balcony.
Thankfully, this wasn't the scenario where the one person is quitting and the other grabs the cigarette mid-light, but it's essentially the same. The action is never spoken of - it merely happens, with Aniston merely showing a look of surprise - quickly - before returning to bickering about whatever they were bickering about.
This scene bothered me on so many levels. For starters, it's hackneyed. Larger than that, as a smoker, I can tell you that if you did that to me, I'd probably do a lot more than shoot you a mildly dirty look. I'd say something along the lines of "What the f*ck did you do that for?" Keep in mind also that Bateman is playing her BFF of many years - it ain't like he doesn't know she smokes, and it ain't like she's not comfortable enough with him to say something. And those little bastards aren't cheap, especially in New York.
Oh, but wait, there's more.
At no point before or after this moment in the film does another cigarette enter the frame. Why was this supposed character trait (if you can call it that) even introduced? If they wished to intimate that, after having given birth, she chose to quit, be my guest. But it's never acknowledged in the slightest. I'm completely baffled.
* Considering that this was his first feature film and only second credit (after a single episode of Heroes in 2008), a job well done to Thomas Robinson, the cute-as-a-button-kid hired to play the spawn of Bateman and Aniston. Although the character starts out unbelievably Hollywoodized (because a lot of 5-year olds are intimately aware of diseases that less than 1% of adults are), it eventually calms down, and the scenes between he and Bateman are indeed sweet - and I'm told reminiscent of About A Boy.
* I sure hope it was something he brought to the role, because if not, I'm kind of afraid of Patrick Wilson. He had some serious facial tics on display, and I don't think they were intentional. Can't keep his eyes focused, moves his head oddly, just some weird stuff.
Fletch's Film Rating:
"You seem a decent fellow. I hate to kill you."